devised unique ways of identifying their aircraft engineers. In countries like Pakistan and India among others, aircraft engineers are identified by the type of insignias they wear.
“Such insignias are categorized according to defined skill level to accord due recognition to professional competence and accomplishment. The overarching objective of this initiative is to encourage our personnel to aspire to the pinnacle of Aircraft Engineering specialty through relentless pursuit of professional excellence.
“As we are all aware, it has not been the practice in the Nigerian Air Force for aircraft and armament engineers to wear any form of insignia except for flight engineers. This situation does not confer recognition on deserving professionals and has been observed to constitute a hindrance to career planning and productivity of NAF
aircraft and armament engineering personnel.”
Air Vice Marshal Abdulganiyu, said, in order to enhance productivity and career progression, the Chief of the Air Staff in line with this administration’s policy of rewarding excellence convened a board of officers to come up with modalities for categorization of NAF aircraft
and armament personnel based on knowledge and skill.
“The Board comprising seasoned serving and retired senior officers have since completed the assignment and grouped aircraft and armament personnel into 3 categories as: Basic Intermediate and Senior. The Board recommended 42 personnel for the Senior category. These personnel are to wear half wing with red laurels while the 66 others in the Intermediate category are to wear half wing with blue laurels.
“In the Basic category we have 108 personnel who are to wear half wing with no laurels. At the moment, we have a total of 216 personnel who are qualified to wear aircraft and armament engineering wings. Commissioned officers are to wear golden half wing while non-commissioned officers are to wear silver half wing. The categorization of NAF engineering and armament personnel is to be reviewed
“On this note, I want to congratulate all of us for being part of history as we will witness the winging of selected engineering and armament personnel at this special occasion to officially launch the wearing of wings by engineering and armament personnel in the Nigerian AirForce Like several other initiatives under the visionary leadership of Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar to reposition the Nigerian Air Force for improved service delivery it is our conviction that this singular gesture of winging NAF aircraft and armament personnel will reinvigorate the pursuit excellence which is a core valuable of the Nigerian Airforce.